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BOTOX® Cosmetic in Columbia, MD

Over time, the constant movement of the facial muscles can cause normal signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles to develop. FDA-approved BOTOX Cosmetic is often the best and most commonly used option for counteracting these early signs of aging1. Sometimes called “botulinum toxin type A,” BOTOX is composed of botulism, a neurotoxin that temporarily relaxes muscles and is one of the most popular injectables in the world, treating facial wrinkles, fine lines, and forehead lines, as well as other medical conditions such as chronic migraines, excessive sweating, strabismus, and overactive bladder. Columbia and DMV-based plastic surgeon and BOTOX specialist Dr. Sarah Mess and her team of experienced aesthetic injectors trust this treatment to provide consistent and dependable results for those that wish to rejuvenate their facial appearance and restore a more youthful glow.

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Preparing for BOTOX Cosmetic & Patient Candidacy

Dr. Mess and her expert clinical injectors will go over your medical history and desired cosmetic goals, in addition to providing information on how to prepare for your procedure. Once they have determined that you are a good candidate for BOTOX injections, she and her team of nurse injectors will develop a medical treatment plan. If you have sensitive skin, applying ice packs to the injection site can reduce blood flow and lessen the chances of bruising after the treatment is complete.2

Some of the signs of aging that patients seek BOTOX® treatment for are:3

  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines around the corners of the mouth (crow’s feet)
  • Frown lines
  • Neck bands
  • Gummy smile
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The BOTOX Cosmetic Treatment

Each BOTOX Cosmetic procedure is done on an outpatient basis and takes just a few minutes to complete. Before the injections are administered, the face should be free of any impurities, including makeup. Dr. Mess or one of our nurse injectors will administer BOTOX Cosmetic using a very fine needle, which is inserted directly into the targeted muscles of the face.

BOTOX Cosmetic can also be combined with other injectables and fillers to treat facial imperfections. Patients can use this helpful guide to learn more about which non-surgical options may be used to treat different areas of the face.

Recovery & Results After BOTOX Cosmetic

After the treatment is complete, you will be able to resume day-to-day activities immediately4. The injected area(s) may temporarily appear red. This is normal and skin irritation usually subsides in just a few hours. In the first 24 to 48 hours, Dr. Mess and her nurse injectors may recommend patients do the following:

  • Avoid touching the treated sites in order to prevent BOTOX Cosmetic from spreading to other parts of the face 4
  • Do not consume large amounts of alcohol
  • Avoid taking blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin
  • Patients should avoid laying down for the first 4 hours post procedure

There is no recovery time associated with BOTOX Cosmetic injections.4 In fact, some patients choose to come during their lunch break for treatment and return to work right after the appointment.

The effects of BOTOX Cosmetic begin working to relax the muscles as soon as the procedure is complete. The final results of the injections become apparent after about a week and can last up to four months.5 Patients are often amazed by the results that these injections provide and typically experience a boost in confidence provided by the natural-looking results.

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FAQs About BOTOX Cosmetic

How Much Does BOTOX Cosmetic Cost
The total cost of BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment is determined by the number of areas treated and the number of units required to achieve the desired results in each area. Dr. Mess charges $14 per unit, and she uses only authentic BOTOX® Cosmetic manufactured by Allergan. Be sure and ask about Allē/Brilliant Distinctions Loyalty points for all your Allergan products. The savings can be significant.

* BOTOX® Cosmetic is often performed in conjunction with dermal fillers such as Voluma, Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero, or Radiesse as part of a liquid facelift.
Can I combine other procedures or treatments with BOTOX Cosmetic?
BOTOX is often performed in conjunction with dermal fillers such as Voluma, Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero, or Radiesse as part of a liquid facelift.

Are there any side effects associated with BOTOX Cosmetic?
Botox has gone through rigorous clinical trials and has been proven both safe and effective for the treatment of facial lines and wrinkles. Although rare, BOTOX can cause certain side effects, such as pain and/or swelling and redness at the injection site, flu-like symptoms, neck pain, headache, muscle weakness, trouble swallowing, double vision, dry eye, or excessive tearing.6 While incredibly rare, allergic reactions have been known to occur. If you have had BOTOX and are experiencing side effects, it’s important to contact Dr. Mess or another healthcare professional as soon as possible.

What’s the difference between BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport, and Xeomin?
BOTOX, Dysport, and Xeomin are all brand names for toxins made of clostridium botulinum and are very similar toxins, with each used to treat facial lines and wrinkles as well as other medical conditions such as cervical dystonia.7 Dysport and Xeomin are generally used to treat moderate to severe glabellar lines (frown lines between the brows), while BOTOX has a greater range of uses, including primary axillary underarm hyperhidrosis, blepharospasm, upper limb spasticity, urinary incontinence, chronic migraine, and moderate to severe glabellar lines.

Who should not receive BOTOX Cosmetic injections?
Those who are allergic to any ingredients in BOTOX Cosmetic should not get BOTOX injections, as well as women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Contact Dr. Sarah Mess for BOTOX® Cosmetic in Columbia, MD

Dr. Sarah Mess and her team are committed to providing patients with the best possible patient care and information about non-surgical options. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out if BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for you.

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Dr. Mess is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). She is also a member of the prestigious American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

1Ada Regina Trindade de Almeida, MDa, Suelen Montagner, MDb. Botulinum Toxin for
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3American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Who Is a Good Candidate for botulinum toxin injections? Available: Accessed July 22, 2020.
4American Society of Plastic Surgeons. What should I expect during my recovery after botulinum toxin injections? Accessed July 22, 2020.
5American Society of Plastic Surgeons. What results should I expect after botulinum toxin injections? Accessed July 22, 2020.
6Mayo Clinic. Botox Injections. Available at: Accessed April 23, 2021.
7The Journal of Clinical Aesthetic Dermatology. Comparison and Overview of Currently Available Neurotoxins. Available at: Accessed April 23, 2021.

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